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  • Read this beautiful account by Melissa Twigg who takes a look at how Lion Sands has evolved since she first worked there thirteen years ago - April 2017
    "From the badly behaved elephant who stormed through reception on my very first day to the herds of buffalo that congregated outside my little room, the animals of Lion Sands and the beautiful lodge itself ignited in me a love of Africa that would last a lifetime."
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  • Chalkley's Treehouse Safari: Travel Ideas - March/April 2017
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  • Imagicasa - Dutch - March 2016
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  • Lifestyle-Travel & Leisure, By: Daniel Kong, January 2016
    "The family-friendly safari, and how to sustain an African game reserve."
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  • ELLE Magazine - German - November 2015
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  • The Daily Telegraph (Australia), November 2015
    Sleeping in a treehouse may be a childhood pleasure, but this African accommodation is an adult's dream, writes Tony Park.
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  • Lion Sands Luxury: Fransje van Riel. Premier - September 2015
    "There is something profoundly luxurious about having a three-course lunch while observing wild animals"
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  • A night at Chalkley - By: Fransje van Riel. Sawubona, August 2015
    "Overlooking the rapidly darkening bush from my lofty position at the Chalkley treehouse, a glass of chilled wine in my hand."
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  • Safari under the stars : Katie Amey. Daily Mail Online, August 2015
    "There can be few more spinetingling ways of seeing lions, leopards and elephants in their natural habitat than from a lavish tree house."
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  • Soaking it up at Sabi Sands: Fransje van Riel. Cape Times, June 2015
    "Lying beautifully posed atop the crisp, russet-coloured vegetation, the spotted big cat is perfectly relaxed and unperturbed as we slowly drive closer."
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  • Spotting leopards with a master tracker By: Sizwe Sama Yende, February 2014
    "Following an expert into the untamed bush of Lion Sands Game Reserve was an experience that will never be forgotten."
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  • Sleeping under the stars at this stunning South African resort By: Sara Barnes. My Modern Met, February 2014
    "The Lion Sands Game Reserve, located at the Sabi Sand Reserve in South Africa is the perfect escape."
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  • The lion's share: Jo Kromberg. iafrica.com, October 2013
    "Narina Lodge will always have a special place in my heart. It seems to touch the soul, heart and mind and will forever stay there. "
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  • Out of Africa By: Gui Paganini - October 2013
    Photoshoot at Lion Sands Game Reserve
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  • Travel Trilogy By: David Allardice. Business Day, October 2013
    "Kingston Treehouse, our own floating platform above the sounds, sights and smells of the bush. "
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  • Bush-style cook up By: Leisure Options, September 2013
    "Delicious fare from the chef at Lion Sands Game Reserve"
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  • The tale of three treehouses By: Kym Argo. Get It, August 2013
    "Sleeping out in the open in the bush is an experience second to none!"
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  • Tracking Animal Movements By: Caroline Hurry. Sunday Star, August 2013
    "A wild time at Narina Lodge at Lion Sands"
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  • The Ultimate Kruger Experience By: Meetings SA, July 2013
    "True comfort, superior accommodation and unspoilt wilderness."
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  • No Lion, no witch, but a wardrobe! By: David Batzofin, May 2013
    "As our game drive entered the campsite, I thought for a moment that I stepped into the pages of a novel by CS Lewis."
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  • Magical Faraway Treehouse By: Malibongwe Tyilo, April 2013
    "The ultimate bushveld experience awaits at the More Collections Lion Sands Private Game Reserve."
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  • Explore South Africa By: Simon Capstick-Dale, March 2013
    "Within ten minutes of setting off I see my first ever leopard feeding on a recently killed impala in the shade of a Sickle bush."
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  • Record donation for Stop Rhino Poaching By: SA 4x4, January 2013
    "MORE are allocating part of their annual tourism income to combat the scourge of Rhino poaching"
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  • Gaga laps up Cape luxuries By: Bienne Huisman. Sunday Times, December 2012
    "Lady Gaga visits Lion Sands Game Reserve"
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  • A bit of bush style pampering By: Holiday Options. September 2012
    "For an African bush adventure, we really can't rave enough about Lion Sands Game Reserve. "
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  • Sleeping wild out in the treehouse By: Leisure Options. September 2012
    "In a treehouse in the middle of the African bush, no lights, no electricity, no running water, and no-one near us for miles."
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  • Screen Adaption: Taryn Gill. Play, August 2012
    "Dream Escape: This treehouse that we get to call our own for the night"
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  • Sleeping under the stars By: Nicola Wier. Premier, July 2012
    "Secure bush bedroom under the African stars, with all the comforts one expects from a five star safari lodge. "
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  • Where the wild things are: Benno Stander. Get It, October 2011
    "There's something special about waking up to the sounds of nature, stepping out onto a wooden deck with a cup of coffee, and watching meandering elephant in the glimmering rays of a Lowveld dawn, all amid five-star luxury."
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  • Conde Nast Traveler, August 2010
    Guy Aubrey Chalkley, who founded Lion Sands in 1933, used to tell his daughter when she slept out on Chalkley Treehouse, "Never fear the roar of the lion for it is rather when you don't that you need to be aware"
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  • Fantastic Getaways! Living the dream in South Africa By: Conde Nast Traveller, August 2010
    Chances are during the night you will hear a lion roar to stake his claim.
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  • Ivory Lodge by Lion Sands: VISI Magazine, June 2017
    "There's a beautiful dance in motion here, with architecture that is at once bold and restrained, and interiors that juxtapose contemporary design and earthy warmth."
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  • Madikwe - Escape To Luxury - Review by: Shereen Lurie December 2015/January 2016
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  • Rugged Luxury at Madikwe By: Devin Galaudet. Travel Age West, October 2014
    "Madikwe Safari Lodge offers wild game sightings and five-star amenities"
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  • Splendor in the Bush By: David Cogswell. Travel Pulse, May 2014
    "Even if you don't fancy yourself a big game enthusiast when you see these magnificent creatures free in their own environment it does something to you. "
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  • Marvellous Madikwe By: Kym Argo. Get It, October 2013
    "If it's one thing about Madikwe it's that your game drives never, ever disappoint."
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  • Mad for Madikwe: Leisure Options, September 2013
    "If there's one thing about Madikwe, it's that your game drives never, ever disappoint."
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  • Quiet of the world By: Sajay F. Gupta. Offshore, April 2013
    "Besides boasting of great animal life, Madikwe has lovely and varied landscape."
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  • Fun Kids safaris By: Destiny, March 2013
    "This lodge offers an unforgettable experience for children in the bush."
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  • Accessible Opulence By: Bruce Dennill. Citizen, January 2013
    "Lodge offers opportunity for luxuriant laziness"
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  • The Kalahari Desert By: Tracy Burrows. Sawubona, January 2013
    "An ascending, piercing call and the red-crested korhaan shoots straight up into the air like a shuttle."
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  • A ride on the wild side By: Samantha Richardson. Get It, October 2012
    "The radio crackled to life, a lion had been spotted nearby. The sun had just dipped below the horizon and the darkness was quickly descending. "
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  • Babes in the bush: Adele Shevel. Sunday Times, October 2012
    "It was the prospect of going to a child-friendly game lodge that hooked me. "
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  • The perfect escape By: Taryn Gill. Play, September 2012
    "There's the bush experience, there's the fancy game lodge experience, and there's Madikwe."
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  • Dailymail.co.uk - October 2015
    "By now the baboons who had announced the lions' presence are some distance away. One lion disappears into the bush. We follow the other round a bend, and there in front of us stands a herd of impala. For a split second they're oblivious to the danger..."
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  • Land Rover Magazine - Issue 16
    "Even as we drove into camp, our appetite for wildlife sightings were treated with a few hors d'oeuvres when we spotted several waterbuck, zebra, impala and warthog grazing lazily, and seemingly undisturbed, on the lodge's terrace. I couldn't help but notice how comfortable these animals were with all the human activity around them. To which point, Wikus handed us our "indemnity form' and said with a grin, “Wait you ain't seen nothing yet."
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  • Media
  • Our worldwide favourite hotels for under 150. Conde Nast Traveller. March 2016
    "You'd be hard pressed to find a retreat as slick or as private as Cape Cadogan at this price anywhere in Cape Town"
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  • My kind of town is Cape Town By: Alexander McCall Smith. The Times, June 2013
    "It is a place of astonishing natural beauty!"
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  • Chic Cape Town - With kids By: Graham Wood Grazia South Africa, March 2013
    "More Quarters is the last word in understated opulence."
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  • Hidden holiday gems By: Essentials, November 2012
    "It's the ideal location for visitors who want to feel like they're a real part of the city"
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  • Mother City getaway bliss By: Clayton Swanepoel, October 2012
    "The freedom of self-catering living with the luxury of a 5 star hotel."
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  • Business with Pleasure By: Zama Nkosi. City Press, September 2012
    "The charm of this place is that it's laid out as separate apartments, thereby avoiding the impersonal feel of a hotel room. "
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